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10 Responses to Yellow Pages Building

  • Keylining – yessss… get out yer pica scale.

  • No kidding – THATS where you worked when you were in Highland Park ? ! WOW ! Sanders and Hostess were still kicking it on Oakman back then.

    I saw the parking lots across the street, they are overgrown with vegetation now, and filled with “humans nests” (makeshift homeless dwellings)

  • Randy,
    I don’t think I’ve told you, but I worked at the Yellow Pages building ever so briefly in 1981! I remember parking across the street and going into that front door first thing in the morning. People above have already noted that printing and distribution took place here…I was doing keylining (!) of ads for the books. Anyone remember keylining? After being on a computer for 23 years, I barely remember it.

    The interior office space was pretty run-down by ’81.

  • yes this was the printing and distribution facility for Yellow Pages of Detroit.
    and yes it is a Wirt Rowland.

    i have a STRONG suspicion that Wirt Rowland also designed the Bell Townsend CO in Highland Park on Highland Ave @ 3rd St. Note that it looks VERY similar to the Buhl Blg.

    Smith Hinchman & Grylls basically had the contract with Michigan Bell to design all of their COs for the state during the ’20s & 30s. you should see the Pontiac or Bay City or Saginaw or Holland offices. very nice.

    the Madison CO (tall one, on Bethune east of Woodward) was where Bell housed the equipment for the Time Service (back when they still did that, lol)

  • Wow!!! and very sad all at once.

  • Proof that people actually gave a damn at one point in human history.

  • Nice deco, when does it get trashed?

  • So Nailhed, this was the place where they did the layouts and printing for Yellow Pages, right ?

    And it is a Wirt Rowland design too, right ?

    Hey – did you notice that right behind this and Sanders just across the abandoned railroad tracks is the WJLB transmitter !

  • freakin love that place.
    i still have a picture of it as the desktop on my field computer.

  • That place looks awesome! What did they do there? did they print the books? I hope that building sticks around.